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Traffic-free plan to boost businesses

TRAFFIC could be banned from Byres Road, Glasgow under plans to give the area a facelift.

The West End street is regarded as the most ­important shopping area outside the city centre. But residents and local businesses have raised concerns about a range of issues which they say are affecting how it operates.

These include traffic volume, empty shops and the large numbers of cafes. Locals have also complained about street furniture ­cluttering the area and the condition of the roads and pavements. Glasgow City Council has been working with the Byres Road Improvement Group, a partnership formed by the Friends of Glasgow West.

They have worked on a report, which is being finalised, that recommends considering pedestrianising some or all of Byres Road. It is also suggested small public squares should be created.

Ann Laird, convener of Friends of Glasgow West, said: "We would love to get the funding to bring it up to the highest standard."

Asked about banning traffic, she said: "Clearly there would be massive traffic implications but people have said they would like pedestrianisation to happen."

Ms Laird said people and businesses will be consulted widely as plans emerge.

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